Art Workshops

Image of MacKenzie Art Gallery's Light Studio.
Image of MacKenzie Art Gallery's Light Studio.

Drawn from the Vault: Adult Art Workshop

Dates: 5, 12 & 19 November 2022
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Fee: $90
Maximum participants: 10
Age range: 18 +

Description:

Drawn from the Vault is an immersive workshop experience sharing the joy of creating art while viewing and discussing works of art from our permanent collection. Who will love this 3-part workshop? Anyone who is motivated by creativity and would love to explore and develop their personal visual language. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just begun creating art, would like to refresh your skills, or if you just enjoy responding to artworks through your own creative expression; this class is for you!

Each week, during this 3-part workshop, we’ll look at an original work of art from our permanent collection and use it as inspiration to create our own works of art. Our goal is to help people begin to understand their own creativity through investigating the work of artists found in our collection.

Participants will receive:  

  • sketchbook 
  • 2B pencil 

Works we will reference

Instructor

Ken Duczek

As a long-time MacKenzie staff member and educator, Ken has toured exhibitions of original art extensively throughout Saskatchewan. His passion for sharing and creating art with people has led to approximately 800 community visits, 7,200 exhibition tours with well over 175,000 participants. Ken loves to encourage people to pursue their creativity as they grow as makers and contributors in their community. 

Library & Digital Lab

Located in our Library on the main floor of the Gallery, just past the Craft Services Café, the Digital Lab is designed to support collaborative digital arts training initiatives. Our popular program, the Digital Lab Open Studio, is a free space for visitors to tinker, play, share and explore digital literacy and digital art creation. 

Currently, in-person Digital Lab access has been put on hold. Please stay tuned for when in-person programming will resume. 

Explore Our Past Livestreams

Throughout the pandemic, the MacKenzie Art Gallery held a number of livestreams centered around the theme of digital art creation. These popular events are still being visited today.

Bios

About Cat Bluemke and Jonathan Carroll

Cat Bluemke uses game design, performance, and expanded reality to explore the dynamic relationship of work and play. Graduating in 2018 with her MFA in Design for Emerging Technologies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she presents the struggle of labour through interactive media, with a focus on precarious, feminized, and domestic work. Jonathan Carroll is an XR artist and developer who makes games and software. His practice evolved from creating applications to facilitate interaction between performance artists and audiences, to building irreverent interactive experiences for mobile devices and VR headsets.

The two have been collaborators since 2013, with their work being exhibited internationally at venues such as the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Kunsternus Hus, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

In 2018 they co-founded SpekWork, an art collective making games about labour.  The collective hacks the technologies of virtual and augmented reality, game design, and artificial intelligence to ask pressing questions about the future of labour and leisure in a networked austerity society.